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  • Governments want your data badly, Twitter says requests have increased 52%

    That government wants your data is by no means a secret. But it's a little disturbing that its use of public social networks to get this data is on the rise . In its latest transparency report, Twitter says that the number of request from government for user data has increased to 52% during the first half of 2015. Jeremy Kessel, Twitter’s Senior Manager of Global Legal Policy, notes that this is the biggest increase between reporting periods Twitter has ever seen. Twitter says that from January to June this year, 56% of all worldwide requests for account information...

  • Bic SA #HappyWomensDay poster stirs up social media, misses the point

    Probably one of the most renowned brands in the niche world of ballpoint pens, Bic is the latest company to cause a stir on social media. Its social media shoutout to #HappyWomensDay just backfired after it tweeted a poster with a controversial quote. The Bic-branded image is of a stock imaged young professional women with the following tagline: "Look like a girl, Act like a lady, Think like a man, Work like a boss." Needless to say, this sentiment didn't go unnoticed and the brand was at the end of an immediate backlash. After deleting the tweet and removing the Facebook post,...

  • Twitter is testing a dedicated News tab for mobile

    Twitter has released a new feature aimed at showing off the top News of the day, something that could be part of its efforts to up revenue in the face of falling stock prices. Though the feature is only in testing phase, it gives an indication of where Twitter intends to go, in a space where users can use it not only for Tweets but for general news too. According to BuzzFeed, Twitter is yet to confirm all the details but it has admitted that it is testing such a feature. The News tab will offer trending news at the...

  • Periscope for iOS gets Handoff support, ability to mute notifications and more

    Twitter has released a new update to its live-streaming app Periscope, which sees it get a bunch of fresh and reworked features. The most important of these new features is the ability to mute notifications. There is no doubt that notifications can get too much, making one, every now look at their phones, and find a meaningless notification. Periscope says that this update is important to its user functionality. “We think it’s important to respect this power, and give users granular control over the notifications they receive while still providing the flexibility of seeing more content on Periscope.” the...

  • Twitter introduces new data dashboard to help you monitor and manage your account

    Twitter, of late, has been beset with problems. First its CEO left and then the rumours that Twitter might be bought reared their ugly head again, affecting its share price. Something is certainly amiss. In the interim, Twitter is getting on with it, dusting itself off, and introducing new features to the platform. The latest one is the Twitter data dashboard, introduced yesterday. The company says that this is a new tool to help users to monitor and manage their accounts. Much of the latest changes by Twitter have been bland and something huge is needed and this, as...

  • Donald Trump accidentally tweets Nazi soldiers in campaign poster

    If you imagine a campaign poster for any 21st century presidential candidate with some Nazi soldiers on it, alarm bells would probably go off. US billionaire Donald Trump -- together with his profound facial expressions, hairpiece and controversial statements -- tweeted a rather strange campaign poster to his 3.2 million followers recently. He then went on to lead the polls for the 2016 US presidential race. The low-budget looking poster, apparently slapped together by an intern, is a montage of Trump's face, the waving Stars and Stripes, with an acute reenactment of Nazi soldiers marching around. Because 'Murica... We've seen a lot...

  • #WhatDoLaaitiesKnowAbout: 19 tweets that’ll fuel your nostalgia trip

    Twitter is a strange forum. It's a place for serious discussion regarding potentially devastating world issues and events, but it also brings out the best of people, and more importantly, South Africa. A trend that has piqued our interest today on the Twittersphere leads with the curious hashtag #WhatDoLaaitiesKnowAbout. Those born before the turn of the millennium (and it seems well before that as well) are reminiscing of their childhood experiences that current Millennials didn't quite get a chance to experience. If you've ever owned a Nokia 3310, played an informal match of street (returning swiftly to your house once the...

  • CNN faces trolls after ‘unnerving’ ISIS flag coverage turns out to be just dildos

    This weekend was a rather colourful one: from Facebook profiles to Uber car requests overlaid with rainbow colours. But it was on the streets where most of the action happened with the recent US Supreme Court's legalisation of gay marriage now in all 50 states spurring Gay Pride marches around the globe. While people around the were celebrating, CNN however wasn't that colourful. The news giant ran a seven-minute news segment of an apparent ISIS flag waving around through the Gay Pride march in London, UK. Only it wasn't a black Islamic State flag with Arabic symbols, but one filled...

  • Twitter launches two new features, more for commerce than user experience

    Twitter has been doing a lot lately and its latest move involves testing two new features. One of the features is product and place pages and the other is product and place collections. Both features, Twitter claims, make it easier for users to discover rich and relevant content about products and places on Twitter but something more sinister is afoot here. Twitter has been trying to find ways to make money and this move is more inclined with that goal than easing user experience. Amongst the initial pool of influencers and brands are musicians like Amanda Palmer, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Cody...

  • #Fuelpocalypse: 10 tweets that sum up Nigeria’s crazy fuel crisis

    Nigerians are not having fun right now. The current fuel crisis has left many in the country stranded as most domestic flights have been cancelled. The situation is rather ironic, when you consider that Nigeria is one of the largest oil producers in Africa. The heightened fuel scarcity comes days before the current government exits office, which has caused some speculation as to its response to the issue. Nigeria is a country riddled with major power issues leaving the bulk of the population to rely on generators to not only power their businesses, but their lives as well. Now, the...

  • Would you date a social media platform? [video]

    Dating a social media site isn't really a farfetched idea, is it? Considering the amount of time people spend on social media sites, dating one would make sense, at least in terms of commitment. With that said, what would happen if you went on a date with a social media platform? Well, according to YouTuber Emma Blackery, the platforms wouldn't be too different from the descriptions we'd give people who use them. Blackery's sketch imagines dating personifications of social media sites, and their subsequent personalities. The video, edited in a quick montage format, portrays the likes of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and...

  • You can now use Periscope without a Twitter account

    Periscope is a mover and shaker. In only six months the live video streaming app has been rolling in features and updates one after another, which to an extend is fair as it tries to squash bugs and figure itself out. The one big update though started rolling out yesterday. Periscope announced that users can now sign up with their mobile phone numbers only. Until now users could only sign up via their Twitter accounts. This meant people who had their accounts deactivated or have let their accounts lie dormant because Twitter has lost its early charm had to be...

  • Twiplomacy: how the world’s most powerful politicians, diplomats use Twitter

    Twitter has become an immensely powerful political tool. But it's not just presidents and popes using the social network to push their messages across. More than half of the world’s foreign ministers and their institutions are active on Twitter. But are they all using it in the same way? According to the most recent Twiplomacy study by research house Burson Marsteller, governments are putting more effort into their social media communication and are including more visuals and videos in their tweets. Some, such as the @Elysee Palace, are regularly posting six-second Vine videos to summarise state visits or to cheer...

  • Twitter makes policy changes addressing prohibited content, site violations

    Policing social media users is never going to be a closed chapter. There is always going to be a new challenge or behaviour that threatens this. Twitter rightfully acknowledges that it is not enough to simply put resources into place but it is critical and even necessary to have a better way of responding to abuse reports. To do this, Twitter is making two police changes, one related to prohibited content, and one about how it is enforces certain policy violations. The update to prohibited content will mean that the prohibition will now not be limited to direct, specific threats...

  • Twitter stock rises amid Google takeover rumours

    Where there is smoke, there is fire, the saying goes. And it holds any truth, fresh rumours of a Twitter acquisition may have more truth to them than you think. According to Mashable, Twitter’s shares rose ‘amid gossip in the investment community that the company had hired advisors to deal with takeover bids.’ At this rumour, Twitter’s shares rose up to 4.8% as rumours of Google and Yahoo planning a possible buyout surfaced. On Tuesday, rumours were doing the rounds that Twitter had hired advisers including Goldman Sachs to fend off companies that are interested in buying the social media...